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Monday, March 6, 2006

Barring unforeseen circumstances, this will probably be the last day for a while for me to pick D.J. up from school. He knows it, too. “Grandma Sue has been gone a long time,” he told me today. “When she comes home I’m going to give her a big squeeze, like a boa or a python.” And then we were off and running on a discussion of snakes, and he wanted to know if there were anacondas in Australia.

I told him no, I was pretty sure anacondas lived in South America. He told me I was wrong. Apparently Australia is lousy with anacondas. Who knew?

So anyway. Watch out, Suzanne. You’re in for at least one monster hug when you get back from vacation tomorrow. (And that’s not all, I’m sure.)

As we were walking from the classroom to my car, he asked me, “Do you ever get mad?” Obviously, he’s never seen me when I lose it, as I do so very often. But he’s never seen me get angry at him. In fact, and I didn’t think to tell him this at the time, almost all my anger is directed at circumstances and inanimate objects, not people. And especially not almost-seven-year-old boys.

“I get angry sometimes,” he said. “Mostly at school.” This I knew, from the reports his teacher sends home. He has control issues, but everyone is on his side (whether he knows it or not), and parents and teachers are working together to help him get past them.

6 March 2006

Night in day.

Today is Kylie’s half-birthday, so I wrapped up a pink butterfly-themed pajama set and gave it to her when I dropped D.J. off. She wasn’t impressed (with the pajamas or with me, as it turned out), but Aiden was. He carried them from room to room through the house, saying “Kylie’s ’jamas” with that big Aiden smile on his face. Needless to say, it was very cute.

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For some reason, the Giants don’t broadcast many of their spring games, but I was able to listen to them beating the Angels, 11-3, today, thanks to XM Satellite Radio. I couldn’t find the game listed anywhere, and I would have settled for any game, even the Mariners and Brewers, but I flipped through the XM play-by-play channels, and there it was. The Giants won despite the fact that they used only one everyday player and two or three others who will be on the team when the season starts. I love the music on XM, but I love the other stuff, too. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson have their own shows, as do Jack Benny and Red Skelton. This fall, Oprah will have her own channel!

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